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ITHAKI Reputation Vs 'Awards'
26 Nov 2018

We were well received at this reputable classic restaurant, so perfectly located by the sea in Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Athens, with trained personnel and always supporting your choice of dishes as they are obviously so reassured of the end result coming out of the kitchen!

Quoting their website  ‘It offers an authentic gastronomic experience with an impressive guest list including famous jet setters among others – Athina Onasis, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Julio Iglesias and Leonardo Di Caprio – at Ithaki your invitees will enjoy a ritual of excellence in taste, service and high quality.’

 

 

There are two concept menus offered. One is the modern Mediterranean but we went for the second option, the Asian fusion menu prepared by Chef Antonis Kourkoutas, a ‘self-developed’ in the Asian specialized menu (see also dedicated article in FACES www.speakeasyhacker.com)

The Sardines in white soya, fig leaf oil, cold citrus and seafood juice and prosciutto, being the lightest of the dishes ordered, was fresh to the mouth and refreshing to the palate with enough juice to soak the bread and wipe clean the dish!  The deep fried octopus with white ponzu glaze, potato yoghurt puree and furikake crumble was a combination that had contradiction of textures from the light yoghurt potato to the furikake crumble, surrounding the soft octopus with hints of the acidity coming from the ponzu glaze. Finally the Sea bream carpaccio with jalapeno dressing, smoked eel ice cream and puffed grains was as delicate as it sounds with refine references to the palate, and with a combination of gentle aftertaste.

 

 

Deep fried octopus with white ponzu glaze, potato yoghurt puree and furikake crumble

 

Sea bream carpaccio with jalapeno dressing, smoked eel ice cream and puffed grains

 

Against the old fashion rules we had a light red with Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro varieties which was served in a beautiful decanter. Dessert was like a modern version of Kateif with masticha cream and caramelized pastry leaves which completed the experience to a meal satisfaction.

It was a pleasure and an honor to meet Antonis Kourkoutas, a chef with many prospects and capabilities and a good calm character as well, a rather rare combination in people working with fire!

Ithaki is a restaurant with a proper approach to classic respectable dinning, straight to the point of quality of modern food and with the ambiance of a seaside view.

Why go there -  It probably deserves a high rank classification in whatever award system exists in Greece and definitely Michelin would include it in the listing with whatever distinction. It is not necessary for a place to be in the books of any known body going around marking places to eat and drink. Dinners do that by frequenting these places for years and that is the best form of recognition!

Tip - If you visit Ithaki, ask for a new dish, shown below, fried cauliflower with homemade favabean/honey/garlic/truffle miso, steamed leeks raw chestnut and black truffle.

 

Other creations at Ithaki 

ʜᴀᴍᴀᴄʜɪ ᴄᴜʀᴇᴅ ɪɴ sʜɪʀᴏ sᴏʏᴜ ᴡɪᴛʜ ғᴇʀᴍᴇɴᴛᴇᴅ ᴄᴀsʜᴇᴡ ᴘᴜʀᴇᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ʜɪʙɪsᴄᴜs

 

 

Ithaki
Apollonos 28, Vouliagmeni
Glyfada/Athens

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